A disease which a human can catch from an animal.
Disease of animals that can be transmitted to humans (e.g., brucellosis, leptospirosis, rabies).
Spread of disease from animals to humans.
A disease that can be transmitted from animals (usually mammals) to humans. Examples include rabies (which can be transmitted from an infected dog or cat to a person through a bite), toxoplasmosis (carried by cats), and roundworm infestations. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease from animals to people. Encephalitis is transmitted by mosquitoes to humans from infected birds, rodents, bats, and rabbits. Histoplasmosis occurs in humans who have contact with soil contaminated with the feces of infected bats or birds. Mad cow disease is a fatal disease caused by ingesting meat from infected cattle.